Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, 1995 - 652 pagina's
One of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
In Landscape and Memory Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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The chronicle of the Roman Empire beginning with the death of Augustus and
presumably ending with the suicide of Nero (for the last part has been lost) is one
long exercise in ironic contemplation of the discrepancy between lofty purposes ...
And as Germanicus's soldiers began to gather up the bones for interment in a
great burial mound, surviving veterans elaborated on the horror; of torture pits
and unspeakable insults that desecrated the Roman eagles and standards.
The next day the Germans tall on the mired Roman troops, mutilated horses
slithering in the mud before collapsing on their own riders.40 It was only in the
following year, 16 A.D., that Germanicus's army was able to achieve a victory
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen